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PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 11, 2022) Two MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters attached to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 assist with recovery of the NASA Orion spacecraft in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 11, 2022. The amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27), along with the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), is underway in U.S. 3rd Fleet in support of the recovery. The retrieval operation is part of a Department of Defense effort that integrates combatant command service capabilities to determine best practices for safely retrieving spacecraft capable of carrying humans into space. The U.S. Navy has many unique capabilities that make it an ideal partner for supporting NASA, including its amphibious and expeditionary capabilities with the ability to embark helicopters, launch and recover small boats, three-dimensional air search radar and advanced medical facilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Melvin Fatimehin)

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